The World Wildlife Fund Canada is bringing Earth Hour to Toronto and we should all join them in turning off our lights, to save energy and help save the planet.
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, what began in Australia goes global. From Manila to Copenhagen, Tel Aviv and Suva, Fiji, communities around the world will unite for one hour to reduce their ecological footprint.
Toronto is the first Canadian city to join the Earth Hour movement and the goal is to get one million Torontonians and thousands of businesses and organizations to participate by turning off their lights and raising awareness of our ecological impact and the simple ways we can reduce it.
Residents and businesses in surrounding communities can also participate in the program. Last year, almost 2.3 million Sydney residents took part, with many other Australians joining in.
Darkening your living room or even our famous skyline for an hour may seem like a merely symbolic act, but the larger goals are intensely practical.
Climate change is the single greatest environmental threat to the planet and the number one concern of Canadians today.
Participating in Earth Hour is a simple way to show that you want to be part of the solution.
Political, corporate and community leaders are responding to the growing conservation movement, while individuals are realizing measurable change by taking simple steps to reduce their greenhouse emissions and often save money in the process.
You can find out more about Earth Hour at www.earthhour.org